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sheriff to preach the assize sermon before the judges, and to the crew, they feasted till the sport grew tiresome, and his request was granted. It was in the month of March, then Satan sunk the vessel and all on board. and the weather was intensely cold. The sermon was im Fian, or Cunningham, another of the conspirators, was meusely loug, and the Chief Baron most annoyingly chil. also visited by the sharpest tortures, ordinary and extraordileil. When the service was over, the preacher descended nary.' The nails were torn from his fingers with smiths' from the pulpit, seemingly highly satisfied with his own pincers ; pins were driven into the places which the nails performance, came to the judge rubbing his hands, full of usually defended ; his knees were crushed in the boots, his the joyful expectation of thauks for his discourse, and gra- finger bones were splintered in the pilniewinks. At length, tulation for the excellence of its matter and delivery. his constancy, bitherto sustained, as the bystanders supposed,
Well, my lord,” says he, “ how do you like the sermon " by the help of the devil, was fairly overcome, and he gave an “Wonderfully, my dear friend,” replied Yelverton ; “ it account of a great witch-meeting at North Berwick, where was like the peace of God-it passed all understanding ;' they paced round the church withershinns, that is, in reverse and, like his mercy, I thought it would have endured for of the motion of the sun. Fian then blew into the lock of ever." This jocular narrative was chilled by hearing the church door, whereupon the bolts.gave way, the unhal. Lord Kenyon, in an under-tone, pronounce the words lowed crew entered, and their master the devil appeared to Very immoral.”—From an Article in Fraser's Maga- his servants in the shape of a black man occupying the pulzines entitled “My Contemporaries."
pit. He was saluted with an “ Hail, Master 1" but the
company were dissatisfied with his not having brought a KING JAMES AND THE WITCHES.
picture of the king, repeatedly promised, which was to place
his majesty at the mercy of this infernal crew. Satan conTHE general spite of Satan and his adherents was sup- cluded the evening with a divertisement and a dance after posed to be especially directed against James, on account of his own manner. The former consisted in disinterring a his match with Anne of Denmark—the union of a Protes- new-buried corpse, and dividing it into fragments among the tant princess with a Protestant prince, the King of Scotland, company, and the ball was maintained by well-nigh two aud heir of England, being, could not be doubted, an hundred persons, who danced a ring dance, singing this event which struck the whole kingdom of darkness with chantalarm. James was self-gratified by the unusual spirit which
“ Cummer, gang ye beforc; Cummer, gang yė, he had displayed on his voyage in quest of his bride, and
Gif ye will not gang before, Cummers, let me,' well disposed to fancy that he had performed it in positive After this choral exhibition, the music seems to have been opposition, not only to the indirect policy of Elizabeth, but rather imperfect, the number of dancers considered. Geillis to the malevolent purpose of hell itself. His fleet had been
Duncan was the only instrumental performer, and she lempest-tost, and he very naturally believed that the Prince played on a Jew's harp, called in Scotland a trump., Dr. of the Powers of the Air had been personally active on the Fian, muffled, led the ring, and was highly honoured, geoccasion.
nerally acting as clerk or recorder. The principal person implicated in these heretical and
King James was eply interested in those mysterious treasonable undertakings, was one Agnes Simpson, or Sam- meetings, and took great delight to be present at the exami, son, called the Wise Wife of Keith, and described by Arch- nations of the accused. He sent for Geillis Duncan, and bishop Spottiswood, not as one of the base or ignorant class caused her to play before him the same tune to which Satan of ordinary witches, but a grave matron, composed and de- and his companions led the brawl in North Berwick churchliberate in her answers, which were all to some purpose. yard. His ears were gratified in another way, for at this This grave dame, from the terms of her indictment, seems meeting it was said the witches demanded of the devil why to have been a kind of white witch, affecting to cure dis.
he did bear such enmity against the king who returned eases by words and charms, a dangerous profession, considering the times in which she lived. She was said to be whom he had in the world.
the flattering answer, that the king was the greatest enemy principally engaged in an extensive conspiracy to destroy
Almost all these poor wretches were executed, nor did the fleet of the queen by raising a tempest; and to take the
Euphane MacCalzean's station in life save her from the comking's life by anointing his linen with poisonous materials,
mon doom, which was strangling to death, and burning to and by constructing figures of clay, to be wasted and torbented after the usual fashion of necromancy.
ashes thereafter. The majority of the jury which tried Bar.
bara Napier, having acquitted her of attendance at the North There was, besides, one Barbara Napier, alias Douglas, Berwick meeting, were themselves threatened with a trial a person of some rank ; Geillis Duncan, a very active witch, for wilful error upon an assize, and could only escape from and about thirty other poor creatures of the lowest condition, severe censure and punishment by pleading guilty, and sub. among the rest, and doorkeeper to the conclave, a silly old mitting themselves to the king's pleasure. This rigorous ploughman, called as his nickname Graymeal, who was cuf
and iniquitous conduct shows a sufficient reason why there fed by the devil for saying simply, “ God bless the King !" should be so few acquittals from a charge of witchcraft,
When the monarch of Scotland sprung this strong covey where the juries were so much at the mercy of the crown. si his favourite game, they afforded the Privy Council and
It would be disgusting to follow the numerous cases in him sport for the greatest part of the remaining winter. which the same uniform credulity, the same extorted confesHe attended on the examinations himself, and by one means sions, the same prejudiced and exaggerated evidence, conor other, they were indifferently well dressed to his palate.cluded in the same tragedy at the stake and the pile. The
Agnes Samsov, the grave matron before mentioned, after alterations and trenching which lately took place for the beiag an hour tortured by the twisting of a cord around purpose of improving the
Castlehill of Edinburgh, displayed her head, according to the custom of the Buccaneers, con- the ashes of the numbers who had perished in this manner, fessed that she had consulted with one Richard Grahame of whom a large proportion must have been executed be. concerning the probable length of the king's life, and the
tween 1590, when the great discovery was made concerning means of shortening it. But Satan, to whom they at length
Euphane MacCalzean, and the Wise Wife of Keith, and resorted for advice, told them in French, respecting King their accomplices, and the union of the crowns.-Sir W. James, Il est un homme de Dieu. The poor woman also
Scott. acknowledged that she had held a meeting with those of her risterhood, who had charmed a cat by certain spells, having The music of this witch tune is unhappily lost. But that of ane four joints of men knit to its feet, which they threw into other, believed to have been popular
on such occasions, is preserved,
The silly bit chicken, gar cast her a pickle, the sea to excite a tempest. Another frolic they had, when,
And she will grow mickle, like the weird sisters in Macbeth, they embarked in sieves
And she will do good. with much mirth and jollity, the Fiend rolling himself befure them upon the waves, dimly seen, and resembling a Entryin ne parish register of Glammis, Scotland, June Inge haystack in size and appearance. They went on board 16, 1676 :_* Nae preaching here this Lord's day, the of a foreign ship richly laded with wines, where, invisible minister being at Gortachy burning a witch!"
JOHN CLY THE MILLER.
watch, and his fiddle, on the strings of which hung many a John Cly, the meal-miller of Tomore, a sturdy, huic, in- tender recollection. That fiddle, the dulcet strains of which dependent-minded old man of 75, has been singularly per- had come over her " like the sweet south breathing upot. becuted by floods, having suffered by that of 1768, and by bed of violets," stealing the tender affections of her virgin three or four inundations since, but especially' by that of heart, till they all centred on her Orpheus, Mr. James 1783, when his house and mill were carried away, and he Shanks ; that fiddle, to the sprightly notes of which she was left penniless. He was not a little affected by that cala. had so often jerked out her youthful limbs, and skilled mity which fell upon him, and on no one else; but his round in the wild pirouette of the Highland fling, to the indomitable spirit got the better of everything. About seven animating tune of Bogan-Lochan ;'--that fiddle, in fine years ago, he undertook to improve a piece of absolute beach which had been the fiddle of her fancy; from the heyday of of two acres, entirely covered with enormous stones and her youth upwards, “ was gone with the Iráter, aral wak' gravel. But John knew that a deep rich soil lay below, I now, for aught she knew to the contrair, in Norrawa # buried there by the flood of 1768. He removed the stones Denmark ?" The grief of Mrs. Shanks for the loss of this with immense labour, formed them into a bulwark and en valued violin was more than I shall attempt to quint. closure round the field, trenched down the gravel to the Great artists often envelope the heads of their chief trourners depth of four or five feet, and brought up the soil, which in drapery, from a conscious inability to do jastivesse itha afterwards produced most luxuriant crops.' His neighbours passion, and so must I hide the lachrymose head of Mrs ridiculed his operations while they were in progress, saying Shanks. And how indeed shall I describe her jove sona days that he would never have a crop there. “Do ye see these afterwards, when an idle loon, who had been swandering ashen-trees ?” said John, pointing to some vigorous sap- about the banks of the river “ findin' things," as lo bali lings growing near, "are they no thriving ?" It was im. himself, appeared before her astonished and delighted retes, possible to deny that they were. “ Well," continued with the identical fiddle in his hands? The yell of Mrs. Jolin, “ if it wunna produce corn, I'll plant it wi' ash-trees, Shanks was said, by those who heard it, to resemble the and the laird, at least, will hae the benefit." The fruits of wild shriek with which her husband was wont to inspire all John's labours were swept away by the direful flood of additional fury into the heels of the dancers, already excited the 3d of August. But pride of his heart, as this improve by the power of his wonderful bow hand. She kissed and ment had been, the flood was not able to sweep away his hugged the fiddle, and, as if its very contact had masic in it
, equanimity and philosophy together with his acres. When she laid hands on the astonished loon, and went a full round some one condoled with him on his loss, “ I took it frae the of the floor with him, ending with a fling that surprised Awen,” said he, with emphasis, “and let the Awen hae every one. The fiddle had been found in the neighbourhood her ain again." . And, when a gossiping tailor halted at of Arndilly, whither it had merrily floated on the bosom of his door one day, charitably to bewail his loss, he cut him
But what was yet infinitely more extraorti. short, by pithily remarking, “Well ! if I have lost my nary, the watch, which had hung in a small bag, suspended croft, I have got a fish-pond in its place, where I can fish by a nail to the post of her bed, was found, -watch, bag, independent of any one." After the year 1783, he built his
post, and all,—near Fochabers, eight or ten miles below, house on-a rock, that shewed itself from under the soil at and was safely restored to its overjoyed owner.--Sir Thomas the hase of the bank, bounding the glen of the burn. Dur-Dick Lauder's Moray Floods. ing the late flood, the water was dashing up at his door, and his sister, who is older than he, having expressed great ter
BATHS OF LEUK, AMONG THE ALPS ror, and proposed they should both fly for it ; “What's the before eating, and eat not before bathing," about an hour
Bearing in mind the advice of Hippocrates. * Bathe no, woman a feard o'?” cried John, impatiently, “hae we vot after dinner we went to “ do at Rome as Rome soes," namebaith the rock o’ nature and the Rock of Ages to trust till ? ly, to immerse ourselves in the warm baths - Equipped in
We'll no stir one fit !" John's first exertions after the thood, was to go down to Ballindalloch, to assist the Laird in public—that is to say, in the watery lounge. The scene
the ample folds of a linen dress, we made our appearance in his distress. There he worked hard for three days, before Mr. Grant discovered that he had left his own haystack que. Without the slightest blush of indecorum; ie was in
was as novel as it was, to our unaccustomed eyre, grotesburied to the top iu sand, and insisted on his going home resistibly ludicrous ; and we were constrained to judubro - to disint When Mr. Grant talked to him of his cala- in laughter for some moments before we coulù calmly scan mity, “ Odd, sir," said he, “ I dinna regard this matter hauf sae muckle az 1 did that slap i' the aughty-three, for mirth; we, in our turn, furnished some good-naturel
the individual features of the picture which caused our then I was, in a manner, a marked man. Noo we're al
amusement to those around us. In the floor of a large sufferin' thegither, an' I'm but neighbour-like.” Mr. Grant furnished apartment were four baths, each about tweta says that the people of this district bear misfortunes with a wonderful degree of philosophy, arising from the circum
feet square, and three or four feet deep. In these baths restance of their being deeply tinged with the doctrine of pre
clined groups of ladies and gentlemen, attired in similar destination. I was much gratitied by my interview with trays, bearing reticules, work-baskets, &c., and reading
dresses to those in which we were habited. Little Avooden honest John Cly. Whilst I was sketching him unperceived, desks, were floating about on the surface of the water: Nir. Grant was doing his best to occupy his attention. Some of the parties were chatting or telling stories ; others * Well, now, John,” said Mr. Grant to him, pointing to an singing ; and many of the ladies were prettily occupied in apparently impracticable beach of stones a little way up the glen, « if you had improved that piece, as I advised you, chaplets of half faded Alpine flowers, the waters rekjudling
some little article of female employment, it would have been safe still, for you see the burn hasn't their hues to freshness; but the colours, though bright, touched it at all."_" Na, fegs!" replied John, with a most significaut shake of his head, “ gin I had gruppit her in ployées, which the effect of the bath heightened into the
were far outshone by the rosy complexions of the fair enwi' the stanes that cam oot o't whaur wad she hae been wonted beauty. noo, think ye?--Odd, I kent her ower lang."
On the floor were a few persons conversing There are several tragic scenes of death and danger, and ing pans of charcoal, to keep the air of the same tempera
with their friends below, and one or two attendants swingmoving accidents by flood and field,” which we should gladly transcribe did our limits permit
, but we must con- by which fresh water was occasionally supplied to the baths.
ture as the water; while on a platform, above, was a pump, tent ourselves with oue more quotation-a ludierous ac. A few inches from the bottom a ledge runs round the bath, count of
which enables the bather either to be recumbent on the WIDOW BHANKS'S ADVENTURES. The haugh above the bridge of Lourer Craigellachie was
water up to his chin, or to sit upright, in which latter, pasivery much cut up; and the house and nursery at the south seats in the baths -Two passages, into which the water
tion it reaches only to his neck. There are also moveable envidst the loss of her furniture
, house, and her son's garden for Ladies and gentlemen, in proceeding to their wepective freund, lamented nothing so much as her deceased husband's dressing rooms, a glide or rail through the door, two this
pussage, before rising from the spater. The dressing-rooms chalked on a board, served to indicate the capital of France, aru hented by stores, and are tolerably comfortable. With and a blanket was a sufficient drop-scene. Some personation regard to the period of time passed in the bath, on their there doubtless was, and also some elocation, but probably in no first arvival, half an hour is deemed sufficient ; next day, very high degree of persection. The grand object of the audi. perhaps, 'au bour ; and, in the course of a short time, they with noted persons, wbere every word was heard as it was de.
ence was the genius of the writer. In a small cabin, crowded are able to bear immersion for nine or ten hours per diem, liberately uttered, the play stood or fell by the ideas announced. not only with impunity, but, as they assured me, with Now, on the contrary, ideas are sought in books, by the fire. signal advantage. The extreme relaxation of the skin which side, or on the sofa, through the medium of the convenient duoit produces has a marked effect in relieving the complaints decimo. Be it fair or foul, be the reader near or discant from that are subjected to its influence. These are principally the theatre, be his horses sick or lame, or be he too poor, or tog cutaneous disorders and chronic affections. In England, rich, or too great to go to a theatre, the ideas of our moderu where warm bathing is not so much a part of domestic men of genius are always at his cominand. In this manner, laxary as it is in some other countries. I may be allowed poetry, and imagination generally, have become surplusage in to say not so much as, for the good of society, it ough to
the drama: and they are consequently oftener left out than rebe if a physician were to propose to a patient to spend cited. Half the legitimate drama' is omitted in perfornance, from eight to ten hours a.day for three, or it may be six and only that retained which concerns action. Poetry, luckily,
has never been patenteed; and in consequence, we possess our weeks, in a bath, at 100 degrees, he would probably find Miltons, our Popes, our Scoits, and Byrons. The drama, like his practice less benefited than his patient by the advice the peerage, has been handed duwa in particular lines, till the It may indeed be doubted whether an English constitution House of Peers, and the House of Players, have come to be in a could beat so 'exhausting a system, in its full extent, in similar state of decrepitude. this climate.Aurura Borealis.
“ Had the legitimate drama been more strictly preserved,' the state of things would bave been much worse than it is; but
monopolies never do all the mischief possible. The very guarTHE DRAMA.
dians of legitimacy have built houses in which illegitimacy alone In the forthcoming number of the Westminster Re- could flourish; and the minor theatres being legally excluded view, there is an excellent paper on Dramatic Literature, from the classical drama, took to what they could get up in com. in which the causes of its decline in this country are traced pliance with the public taste. The result is, a great deal of to the system of monopoly and censureship, which has splendour in our theatres, fine scene-painting, fine exhibition of long shed its baleful influence over our Drama. The all kinds, even to good personal exhibition, that is, personation, Fronder is, not that under the shackles with which it is play of countenance, action, costume, and all that serves to keep loaded, our Dramatic Literature is in a declining state, forts; for this reason, that they were aiming at the ruininal
up illusion. The authors have not, however, secoaded these but that it has not been altogether extinguished. The Ro- object of admiration, the legitimate drama, -that is, the drama viewer remarks, that
full of poetry, full of that which told at the Globe and the Bull. "One striking abomination in all monopoly is, that it des. The proof of this is in the fact that no tragedy of the legitimate troge the natural elasticity of social institutions. To establish drama, ancient or modern, is ever acted as it is written; half or a monopoly is to put an iofani's foot into a small iron boot : more is obliged to be left out, because the authors were not as tlie flesh grows the boot pioches. When the evil increases to thinking of the stage as it is, but as it was. The author of & the magnitude that demands attention, therre is a consultation good play is quite a different person from the author of a good had, how the pain is to be diminished and the iron still kept on poem; yet it is always expected that a great poet should produce Some say a litile hole should be bored about the region of the good play. Acting under this persuasion, Scott, Byron, great toe, others recommend that the iron be ribbed, and others Moore, and perhaps Campbell, have tried aod failed. Whereas, that joiots be constructed in the sole, so that the foot shall have such a writer, or rather doer, as Mr. Jerrold, bas carried the a besutiful quasi-natural play. But Ainging the iron to the bot- whole town before him. If evidence were wanting to prove that com of the ses, and either walking with a free and naked step, the really successful dramatists of the day, are an order of men or protecting the limb with a covering of pliant leather,-is far not characterised by what is ordinarily considered as undzie too rask and dangerous a measure for safe and prudent charac- standing, appeal might be made to the minutes of examinativa ters.ro
before the committee. Ia a direct proportion to their celebrity, " This iros, binding quality of monopoly has been the grand are they absurd, illogical, and ridiculous. The players beat the cause of the complaint and confusion. Had the legitimate dra. authors in every point of view. The player has been less ironas been left to itself, at this moment we should have a bounded shod than the author ; emancipate the drama, and we shall soon both in good plays and good actors, We might possibly have see men who understand their business. There have been good had a Shakespeare in every reign since that of the virgin queen. actors under every disadvantage; under obloquy, under monopoAt any rate, there would have been men who could please their ly. under the fact of its being
an unrequiting profession; a for. age, and who were as much qualified to satisfy the public taste tiori, there will be good actors under a state of things relieved as any other professors of fine arts or literature.
from all these trammels. The very contrary, however, is feared "When the legitimate drama arose, there was a closer union by the greater part of the dramatic witnesses here examined; between poetry and personation than there is now or ever will au in so many other matters it is supposed the cottage cannot be again. Ac that time a drama stood for much more than it stand if the ivy be taken away, though it is proved the parasite 108 * present; it was novel, poem, and play. Besides, there entertains moisture, encourages vermin, and in fact is eating were few other sources of intellectual entertainment. The play into the very elements of strength. Let the profession become was not merely poem and novel, but it was also review, maga- remunerative and steady in its demand, and there will be a zine, rosage and travel. Theology alone divided a:teation
with rush of students towards it ; their conduct
will be ruled by the it in the way of literature. And theology is now-a-days amply regularity of their gains, and the respectability of the class represented by seriousness,' called in the report' sectarianism.' will
rise with its responsibility. Actors will no more decrease So that the drama no longer reigns over a wide domain, but because of the number of theatres, than corn because of an has been, by modern changes, like the German princes, virtually increase of corn-markets. They might at first, perhaps, be med tized. Had there been no monupoly, the departmeut of somewhat dispersed; but the corps would be quickly filled up the drama which remains with all its force, tiz. personation with able volunteers, when placed on a proper footing. It is and exhibition, would have taken more complete possession of impudently alleged, that the public will spoil the taste of the the stage than it has done, and in fact been much more develop actors, if admitted to view them in un-ruined and un-patented ed. Aarhurs and actors having been bampered by their super abodes. The public
, however, has always been a fair judge of atitious veneration for the legitimate,' have gone upon the old merit, and the patentee people have never done more than follow modeļ till they have wearied the public to the uttermost stretch the public's
lead, and not always that. of ennai ; abile personation and exhibition, taken up as a des. “ The case of authors is not less plain, Give them proper re. pised succedaneum for some great unknowo, have had to strug. muneration, and relieve them from the idea of perpetually aim. gle with all kinds of discountedaoce and discouragement. Thus ing at the legitimate drama, and there will be a copilux of the drama, like inang other things, has fallen' between two good dramatists in every reiga. Give them a law of copyright Stools the old excellence and the new.
as in France; so that an author and all his posterity, shall eg** When the drama was the fashionable meant of publication joy a small advantage from every representation of luis play for of the day, the Bell and the Globe were what the shops of Mur- an extensive period. Then drainatic authors would be not only raymond Colbero are now. Men went there for ideas; there men of dramatic genius, but approved citizens of un educateil was neither mostumer occnery, aor dramatic effect. PARIB," ani esteemed class.
Ah! not for emerld fields aloue,
That neither overwhelm nor cloy,
If there ever be a time in which the floating visions that lie about us, of some dim, pre-existing, happier and purer state of being, seem something more than a dream, it is when one is slowly awakened from a sound, healthful sleep, and languishes, as it were, into blissful life, under the melodies of those relics of the wandering minstrels, and of old manners and pastimes, the Waits. But the Waits do not restrict their music to the sleeping hours. They are, in most small towns, the voluntary attendants on strangers. presuined bouutiful--and on newly married couples. Christmas, and the New Year is, however, their high-tide. For a few weeks before they humbly request to be “ remembered," they parade the streets towards morning; and also for a short time afterwards; thus ushering in, and taking a lingering farewell of the annual season of festivity. No one has looked deeper, and more wisely, into the heart of our old hallowed customs and usages
an the poet Words. worth. The verses addressed to his brother on the Waits, are poetry, philosophy, and kindliness combined.
THE CHRISTMAS WAITS.
SUPERSTITIONS OF THE WELSH.-The Welsh, speak. ing generally, are highly superstitions, and, amidst scenery wild and imposing, rigidly tenacions moreover of the traditionary lore inherited from their ancestors so that their very being is incorporated with divers strange farítasis handed down from father to son, preserved with religious veneration, and influencing their imaginations more or les according to the caprice, the temperament, or the locality of the individual. Like all secluded mountaiueers, whese intercourse with the world is limited to a narrow come nication necessary for mere existence, they impate natural effects to more than natural causes, and the sunshine and the storm, the whirlwind and the food, are often attributed to the kind or baneful influence of the good or evil spiritof the mischievous elf or the good natured fairy. Thus
, in the pastoral counties of Carnarvon and Merioneth (and these are now the most secluded districts in the principa lity,) there is scarcely a glen or a wood, a mountain or å dingle, & rock or a ravine, that has not its due quantity of fairies, and spirits ; and every nook of this rude upland dis trict, which has hitherto been but little accessible to the innovating approaches of civilization can boast of m scauty number of supernatural inhabitants.-Westminster Review.Article “ Cambrian Superstition."
High-Eared RACE OF Mex.-M. Dureaude Lamballe has made out the strongest evidence in proof of the exist
, ence of a distinct variety of the human race, characterized by the position of their ears. Not only, as they are repro sented in the Memnonium, and other Egyptian statues aunt coins, were the old Egypto-Caucasians remarkable for their high ears, but in more than forty mummies which were unrolled and examined by M. de Lamalle, at Turin, tho auricular foramen, which, drawing a horizontal line, is placed in us on a level with the inferior part of the nos was in these examples found to be on a level with the mud dle of the eye. The elevation, as measured, amounted to a full inch and a half. The facial angle was at the same time found equal to that of Europeans, but the temporal region much more depressed than in our variety. Nor dora it appear that the high-eared race is extinct: there are le stances of it among the people of Upper Egypt at this day: and indeed there is in Paris at present a teacher of Arabic
. a Copt of L'pper Egypt, who is posesverd of this conforma. ţion in a most decided degrec.Vedical Grade
heaving above it ; and the rest of her forin which, only six LOVE AND AUTHORSHIP.
months ago, looked trim and airy in her short and close
fitting frock, now lengthening and throwing out its flowing BY J. SHERIDAN KNOWLES, ESQ.
line, stood stately in the folds of a long and ample drapery. “Will you remember me, Rosalie ?".
Yet could not all this make up for the want of the little “ Yes !"
wife that used to come and take her seat upon Theodore's knec. “ Will you keep your hand for me for a year ?"
To be sure there was another way of accounting for the “Yes!"
young man's chagrin. He might have been disappointed * Will you answer me when I write to you?"
that Rosalie, when five feet four, shonld be a little more Yes!"
reserved than when she was only five feet nothing. Roman“One request more Rosalie, reflect that my life de tic young men, too, are apt to fancy odd things. Theodore pends upon your acquiescence-should I succeed, will you was a very romantic young man; and having, perhaps, marry me in spite of your uncle ?”
traced for himself the woman in the child as one will an"Yes!" answered Rosalie. There was no pausc—reply ticipate, in looking at a peach that is just knit, the huc, and followed question, as if it were a dialogue which they had form, and flavour of the consummate fruit—hé might have got by heart and by heart indeed they had got it-but I set Rosalie down in his mind as his wife in earnest, when he leave you to guess the book they had conned it from. appeared to call her so only in jest.
'Twas in a green lane, on a summer's evening, about Such was the case. Theodore never calculated that Ro. nine o'clock, when the west, like a gate of gold, had shut salie knew nothing about his dreams that she had no such upon the retiring sun, that Rosalie and her lover, hand in visions herself; he never anticipated that the frankness of hand, walked up and down. His arın was the girdle of her girlhood would vanish, as soon as the diffidence of young waist; hers formed a collar for his neck, which a knight womanhood began its blushing reign; the thought never of the garter-ay, the owner of the sword that dubbed him occurred to him that the day would come when Rosalie might have been proud to wear. Their gait was slow, and would scruple to sit on his knee—ay, even though Rosalie face was turned to face ; near were their lips while they should then begin to think upon him, as for many a year spoke ; and much of what they said never came to the ear, before he had thought upon her. He returned from college though their souls caught up every word of it.
the fifth time; he found that the woman, which he imaRosalie was upwards of five years the junior of her lover. gined in a year or two she would become, was surpassed by She had known him since she was a little girl in her twelfth the woman that she alrendy was; he remarked the withyear. He was almost eighteen then, and when she thought drawal of confidence, the limitation of familiarity-the pefar more about a doll than a husband, he would set her nalty which he must inevitably pay for her maturingupon his knee, and call her his little wife. One, two, three and he felt repelled and chilled, and utterly disheartened years passed on, and still, whenever he came from college, by it. and is usual went to pay his first visit at her father's, be For a whole week he never returned to the house. Three fore he had been five minutes in the parlour, the door was days of a second week elapsed, and still he kept away. He Aung open, and in bounded Rosalie, and claimed her ac had been invited, however, to a ball which was to be given customed seat. The fact was, till she was fifteen, she was there the day following; and much as he was inclined to a child of a very slow growth, and looked the girl when absent himself, being a little more inclined to go-he went. many a companion of hers of the same age had begun to Full three hours was he in the room without once setting appear the woman.
his eyes upon Rosalie. He saw her mother and her father, When another vacation, however, came round, and Theo- and talked with them ; he saw 'squire this, and doctor that, dore paid his customary call, and was expecting his little and attorney such a one, and had fifty things to say to each wife as usual, the door opened slowly, and a tall young of them; he had eyes and tongue for every body, but Ro. lady entered, and curtsying, colonred, and walked to a seat salie—not a look, or a word did he exchange with her ; next to the lady of the house. The visitor stood up and yet he was here, and there, and everywhere! In short, he bened, and sat down again, without knowing that it was was all communicativeness and vivacity, so that every one Rusalie.
remarked how bright he had become since his last visit to "Don't you know Rosalie ?" exclaimed her father. college ! Rosalie !** replied Theodore in an accent of surprise ; At last, however, his fine spirits all at once seemed to for. aunt approached his little wife of old, who rose and half sake him, and he withdrew to the library, which was gave him her hand, and curtsying, coloured again; and sat lighted up for the occasion as an anti-room, and taking a dinou again without having interchanged a word with him. volume out of the bookcase, threw himself into a chair and No wondershe was four inches taller than when he had began to turn over the leaves. last seou her, and her bulk had expanded correspondingly; “ Have you forgotten your little wife ?" said a soft voice tvhile her features, that half a year before gave one the idea near him— 'twas Rosalie's—“ if you have,” she added as he of a aylph that would bound after a butterfly, had now mel. started from his seat, “ she has not forgotten you." lowed in their expression, into the sentiment, the softness, She wore a carnation in her hair-the hue of the flower and the reserve of the woman.
was not deeper than that of her cheek, as she stood and exTheodore felt absolutely disappointed. Five minutes be. tended her hands to Theodore, who, the moment he rose, fore, he was all volubility. No sooner was one question had held forth both of his. answered than he proposed another and he had so many
“ Rosalie !" capital stories for Rosalie when she came down--and yet, “ Theodore !"_He led her to a sofa, which stood in a When Rosalie did come down, he sat as though he had not recess on the opposite side of the room, and for five minutes a word to say for himself. In short, every thing and every not another word did they exchange. baly in the house seemed to have changed along with its At length she gently withdrew her hand from his she young mistress; he felt no longer at home in it, as he was had suffered him to hold it all that time“ We shall be wout; and in less than a quarter of an hour he made his observed," said she. bear and departed.
“ Ah Rosalie,” replied he, “nine months since you sat Now this was exceedingly strange ; for Rosalie, from a upon my knce, and they observed us, yet you did not mind pretty little girl, had turned into a lovely young woman.
it!" If a tieart looked out of her eyes before, a soul looked out “ You know I am a woman now," rejoined Rosalie, of them now; her arm, which formerly the sun had been hanging her head, “ and—and—and—will you lead off the allowed to salute when he liked, and which used to bear the next dance with me?" cried she, suddenly changing the subtrace of many a' kiss that he had given it, now shone white ject. “ There now ; I have asked you," added she, “ which throngly a sleeve of muslin, like snow behind a vale of haze; is more than you deserve!" Of course Theolore was not her boso had enlarged its wavy curre, and leaving her at all happy to accept the challenge of the metamorphoseil uist little inore than the span it used to be, såt proudly Rosalic.